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Orlando Rattlesnake

Orlando Rattlesnake

08.24.2006 - Here's an Orlando Rattlesnake
With diamonds on its back
Please, dear reader, make no mistake
It has a most deadly attack
It's armed with hypodermic fangs
And a nasty disposition
Upon my trusty hook it hangs
In a compromised position
But if you see it on the ground
And if you get too close
Soon, my friend, you will have found
Yourself with a lethal dose
You may have seen the warning signs
The coiling and the rattle
Because before this serpent dines
Its tail begins to tattle
Let that serve as ample warning
For you to back away
So you can wake tomorrow morning
To see another day
For if you decide to get in reach
To photo it or catch it
This snake has a lesson to teach
And your defenses cannot match it
So if you come across this fellow
Simply don't go nearby
From a distance just wave hello
Then politely say goodbye

I, on the other hand, as a trained nuisance wildlife removal specialist and snake handler in Orlando, when called upon to remove such a snake from the playground of a school (of all places!) where it was lurking, and in possession of the correct equipment, including an extendable snake sack, am qualified to handle this snake.  There aren't many Orlando rattlesnakes.  Most rattlers need undeveloped area in which to thrive.  The pigmy rattler isn't lethal, but the above snake, an Eastern Diamondback, most definitely is.  One other thing about this snake - the rattle on the tail was broken off, so it could not give off its traditional warning sound.  But the appearance of this snake alone - fat, very wide head, and distinct diamonds on its back, should be enough for most people to suspect that this is a do-not-touch variety of snake.

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